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We recommend visitors of Cozumel rent a car and explore the island on your own, taking your time to explore all the beaches, restaurants, and bars on the island and discover for yourself why Cozumel Mexico is the one of the premier vacation spots in the world. Please do not rent a scooter!
Diving in Cozumel
Cozumel Mexico scuba diving is some of the best in the world. Cozumel with it's impressive walls of coral with huge pinnacles, underwater tunnels, and an impressive array of sea life. Year round visibility, warm and tranquil, turquoise-blue water, and placid currents make Cozumel scuba diving vacations an unforgettable experience. The water temperature averages 77 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter and 85 in summer.
In addition to the colorful fish, Cozumel lays claim to some of the biggest and most spectacular sponge formations in the world. Fed by a uninterrupted current bringing a balanced supply of food to the reefs, some sponges, such as the Elephant Ear sponge, can grow as large as 12 feet across. Other sponges, like the Barrel sponge, gain significant size as well. Cozumel’s coral reef formations are part of the Great Mayan Barrier, which stretches from the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula to the Gulf of Honduras. The Great Mayan Barrier is second in size only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef — and obviously much more accessible to American scuba diving enthusiasts.
You’ll see massive coral walls that drop 3,000 feet to the ocean floor, as well as tunnels, caves, old Spanish galleons, and brightly colored underwater coral gardens, making Cozumel the perfect place for your scuba diving vacations. You’ll dive surrounded by all kinds of tropical fish and other exotic marine animals: moray eels, crabs, lobsters, barracudas, stingrays and nurse sharks. The underwater wildlife is absolutely amazing here and due to the clarity of the water (100 - 200 ft visibility, depending on the season), you do not have to be an experienced scuba diver to enjoy it. The clarity of the Caribbean opens up a world of beauty unlike any other.
If scuba diving is not for you then maybe you will enjoy snorkeling. Cozumel is a diver's paradise and is known for just this. You will see an amazing variety of colorful fish and corals. You will find schools of yellow and black stripped sergeant fish through coral formations, angel fish, groupers, and rainbow-colored parrot fish. This is a great experience for young and old.
World Class Golf
The Cozumel Country Club is a Nicklaus Design Group course that cuts through raw jungle and is surrounded by the island's native, natural habitat. It is a beautiful and challenging course featuring undulating greens of hybrid Bermuda turf, picturesque tee boxes and fairways, all surrounding a mangrove framed lagoon. With over 60 bunkers and water on 14 holes, the par 72 Cozumel Country Club course winds its way through the jungle and around the native mangroves, offering a substantial challenge for the experienced golfer while providing an enjoyable round for the not so serious. Four sets of tees, with yardages of 4900 to 6800 from the tips, allow golfers of all skill levels to enjoy their round.
Plus, to enhance your golfing pleasure and privacy on this tropical island course, it was designed so that there are only three areas on the course where golfers on other holes are visible. But, while other golfers may not be visible, you can expect to see an abundance of native wild life including iguanas, lizards, wild pigs, turtles and yes, even crocodiles. This country club is a full service resort facility featuring a two-tiered practice range with putting green, chipping green and practice bunker. Additional amenities include overnight bag storage, beverage carts, restaurant and snack bar, Nicklaus Air Bear rental clubs and Footjoy rental shoes, a fully stocked pro shop, plus golf instruction and assistance from a qualified and friendly staff of PGA Professionals.
There is no better way to travel over the roads of Cozumel than with a hardy vehicle like a jeep. Keep the soft-top cover up or take it off, as you wish. Jeeps allow you into areas often unseen by locals as well as tourists. Hang onto your hat as you enjoy the bumps and more bumps of the roads while traveling through the island exploring the sights and sounds of Cozumel.
Your guide will prepare you for a fun day in the fresh air and sun. With a professional guide to show you the sights, this makes exploring Cozumel safe and easy.
Swim with the Dolphins
Located in the heart of the island, Chankanaab National Park is a beautiful conservation area that was created to protect the incredible plant and animal species found both on Cozumel Island and within its amazing and world-famous coral reefs. (There is a charge to enter the park and a fee to swim with the dolphins)
Swimming with dolphins in their natural habitat is just one of the many wonderful activities that this beautiful Mexican island has to offer. You can also swim with the dolphins at the Dolphines (located on the waterfront 2 blocks from Chedrauli grocery store)
For an adventure swim with the STINGRAYS!!! It is just down the waterfront a little further- will need to take your car or take a taxi
Why not discover the sights and sounds of the Cozumel rain forest on horseback. Ride through exotic jungle trails that lead you deep into the dense wilderness and visit the cenotes, natural limestone wells common in the Yucatan. A real Cozumel adventure!
Deep Sea Fishing
In addition to scuba diving fishing in Cozumel is a lifetime experience. Cozumel fishing is among the top fishing places in the Caribbean. Cozumel fishing is so memorable due to the abundance of fish in the crystal waters of the Island. Come fishing in Cozumel, and discover this sport fishing paradise. The catch in Cozumel can vary in that during your fishing experience you can find Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Shark, Snapper, Wahoo, Barracuda, and Amberjack.
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Cozumel offers a wide variety of restaurants. Visitors are sure to find something to sooth their appetite and prices vary from inexpensive to expensive depending on your desire. Some fine dining restaurants are La Cocay, Sorrisi, Onsu, Casa Mission, and Alfredo’s at the Presidente Intercontinental, Wynston/Prima, Guido’s, French Quarter, Le Chef and Pepe’s Grill.
Other restaurants with a local touch: The Lobster House, El Moro, La Mission, Parilla Mission, La Perlita, Pancho’s Backyard, Rock’N Java, Fat Tuesday, Hard Rock Café, Carlos’N Charlie’s, Senior Frogs, Margaritaville, and La Palmas.
There are also many restaurants around the island as well on the beaches, which are open during the day, and views of the sunsets are excellent. Here is a list of some: Fat Tuesday at the Puerta Maya Pier, The Money Bar, Chankanaab (fee to enter the national park) Carlos’N Charlie’s, San Francisco Beach, Paradise Beach, Playa Corona, Alberto’s. Other spots around the island for food and drink: Rasta’s, Chen Rio, Playa Bonita, Coconut’s, Iguanas, and Mezcalitos. Do not forget there are many restaurants located around the square to enjoy.
For those who need the fast food: McDonalds, Burger King, Subway, and Pizza Hut.
Many of the restaurants have websites so please check them out.
Sites of Interest
CHANKANAAB – National Park
EL CEDRAL – Small village offers Mayan ruin and old church
PUNTA SUR – Ecological Park
EAST Coast beaches (the other side of the Island) Offers the best and most beautiful beaches on the island- Take your beverages and lunch and spend the day. There are no facilities.
TEQUILA FACTORY – Learn how Tequila is made and try a sample
MUSEUM OF COZUMEL - Learn the history of CozumelDAY TRIPS- (to the mainland) Please contact the management company to arrange this.
Suggested day trips are: You will need to take the ferry to the mainland arriving at Playa de Carmen.
Chichen Itza, Tulum, Xel-Ha, Xcaret and the beaches at Playa de Carmen